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Wilkes-Barre Township: NWS investigating possible Pennsylvania tornado

14 June 2018, 11:11 | Erica Roy

National Weather Service to determine if tornado hit town

Possible tornado rips through Wilkes-Barre; multiple buildings damaged (photos)

Teams will also be in Bradford County checking out the damage there, says WYOU.

There were only six minor injuries reported from the severe weather Wednesday.

On the EF scale used to classify tornadoes, EF2 is considered strong with winds ranging from 111 to 135 miles per hour.

An emergency alert and tornado warning from the weather service preceded the twister, but those caught in its path were nevertheless stunned by the devastation.

Power lines are down, vehicles are damaged and debris is littering the area.

Some of the storm damage is visible from I-81 South near Wilkes-Barre, the Times Leader said. "It affected between a half-mile and mile radius of mostly business interests".

"My manager had us secure the doors", he said. "When that happened, I was like, 'I have to get closer to the inside of the store.' I turned to run, and that was when I saw the back wall was just gone". Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed.

U-Haul trucks parked on Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., are damaged after a strong storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Emergency crews from across the region raced to the township, the station reports, adding that the American Red Cross was on-scene assisting first responders and others.

As of Thursday morning, Mundy Street and the parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall were closed because of a propane leak from a tank at the U-Haul store, Smith said.

A bystander stands in front of several businesses in the area of the Wilkes Barre Township Commons on Thursday morning.

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